American psychologist John Cassidy, who has been studying the psychology of bullying for over 40 years, has published an article in the journal Child Psychology and Psychiatry entitled ‘American psychologists and the new bullying season’.
Cassidy has argued that American psychology has become increasingly isolated from the rest of the world and that the American profession is becoming a victim of a new bullying culture that is pushing psychologists out of the profession.
In the article he describes the bullying culture as ‘a new phenomenon’, but also argues that ‘the cultural influence is a good thing for the profession’.
Cassideys argument is that American psychologists are becoming more disengaged from their own profession and that this is leading to the reduction of their training.
He argues that the ‘American profession is losing its way, and its credibility as a professional discipline is slipping away’.
Cassie has argued in the article that the bullying ‘cultural influence’ is a ‘good thing for American psychologists’Cassidy believes that American schools have become increasingly focused on the school day and not the importance of the research they are doing.
The bullying culture has led to the creation of new social norms and rules that are in many cases ‘pervasive’ in American schools, including the expectation that ‘students’ should be able to use the bathroom with a male friend.
In addition, he argues that there is a reduction in the importance the psychologist holds in the profession as the profession is increasingly ‘out of touch’ with the community it serves.
Cassidy states that the recent bullying wave is an ‘imminent threat’ to the profession, and that schools are ‘under pressure’ to ‘cure’ the problem.
The American Psychological Association has recently announced that they will be working to increase the number of psychologists in their ranks, and the American Psychological Society (APS) has announced they will also be introducing a new policy called the ‘Psychology of Excellence’ to help combat bullying.
The article is a must read for anyone who is interested in the psychology profession.
The full article can be read here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-bullying-season-and-the-American-psychiatry-service-psychologist-joe-sullivan-paul-welch-australian-psychology-journal/ The American Psychological Journal: A Journal of the Association of American Psychologists is a peer-reviewed, professional journal published by the American Psychoanalytic Association.
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